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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow scorpion on: April 19, 2015 02:21:44 PM
Wow! He's incredible! Love that you can pose him. I think I'd enjoy moving him round the house to freak people out Cheesy
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: April 17, 2015 01:41:32 AM
Ha ha! I hope they're not awkward about letting you use the photos. The world deserves to see them rather than having them languishing away in an archive Undecided
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Community Craft Project on: April 15, 2015 02:35:49 PM
Actually I'd pay for the coffee if it came with free cake Cheesy
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Community Craft Project on: April 15, 2015 12:31:25 PM

A coffee discount would be great, wouldn't it? Grin
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Community Craft Project on: April 15, 2015 10:12:48 AM
Thanks! I've had to make sure I step back a bit and let them come up with the ideas and just guide them a bit. It's hard, but it wouldn't be a collective project if they hadn't had the input into the ideas and design! Cheesy
36  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Nerdgasm!! on: April 15, 2015 10:09:16 AM
You are very welcome! Having read through his papers and manuscript I'm kind of in love with him a bit. His fancy handwriting...not so much Cheesy
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Community Craft Project on: April 15, 2015 02:08:26 AM
Thank you! It's been a lot of fun to work with everyone on. Only 2 weeks left and everyone is asking for another project to work on Cheesy
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Community Craft Project on: April 14, 2015 04:02:22 PM
My local community centre in Hoole, Chester, recently won a large fund to renovate the centre and create a cafe for people to use for workshops and all sorts of events. When the University asked them if they could work with them to create some artwork for the new cafe space they agreed and they asked me, as a local artist, to help with the project. How could I resist? Grin

We've still got another week or two to finish it up but I'm so excited with how it's coming along! We've been working on it every Tuesday for 4 hours. The only brief was that it had to capture stories of the local Hoole & Chester area and it had to fit above the fireplace in the cafe.

Here's a current photo...

And how it all started. With a frame! (actually the inspiration started with part of a rabbit hutch I had and a lot of discussion and debate to get to this point Cheesy)

Making and adding the 'branches' for it.

Before covering them with papier mache

Then tearing map pages for the background. We covered them with white tissue to cover some of the map and to add texture.

Before sketching out some of the areas of Chester into oblong areas. Lots of discussion about whethere the areas were going to be accurate to their actual locations or not, and we decided on switching them around.

Hatching plans to rag rug the river

Rag rug river positioning

Glueing down, and starting to wrap 'branches'

Wrapping the stories around the 'branches'

Working on the little details, stories and photos that will bring the piece to life!

Defenition to the outside of the oval areas

Lots of details added to the zoo area

Zoo - top right, Hoole - (local area where the centre is) lower centre & City Centre - within the Roman cardboard walls Cheesy

And up to this week where we've been working on adding more details to the rest of the areas

Grosvenor Gardens (doily area)

And with me, for scale! Cheesy

It's been great to work with the community and the univesity to create this and I know the community centre is going to love having it on their wall in the new cafe!
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Quilted beach-sea-mermaid journal cover on: April 14, 2015 09:39:20 AM
What a gorgeous cover! Looks like it's perfect for CraftyMamaBee judging by that mug too!
40  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reconstructed trinket shelf on: April 14, 2015 09:34:31 AM
You did a great job, it's perfect for little girl's trinkets. I bet they had a brilliant time finding things to fill it!
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